21 Jun

Angel of Auschwitz

It is in the midst of terrible suffering that God brings forth tremendous graces.  It was seen in the year 261, when a plague broke out in Alexandria and a group of Christians tended to the sick and dying when no one else would.  They were executed for this heroic deed and later canonized.  The Martyrs of the Plague of Alexandria, as they are called, have been praying for us.

21 Jun

Gospel June 21, 2020

The First Reading is from the Prophet Jeremiah who has often been called a “reluctant” prophet. He was always trying to run away from God because he did not want to be a prophet. Once Jeremiah says ‘Yes’ to God’s call, he speaks what he feels God wants him to say. His message is about repentance of infidelity to their covenant with God. His preaching angers the religious and civil leaders and his own people. Therefore, today’s reading is an excerpt from what is called the “Confessions of Jeremiah” – a revelation of the personal anguish the prophet experiences in his soul as he carries out his ministry. “But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion: my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.”
21 Jun

Communities for Christ

Community has been on my mind recently, probably because we can finally start gathering again. There is a special dynamic within the seminary and the priesthood of living community life, whether its in the seminary environment or rectory life. Family life, of course, is a community unique to each household, and the parish is a necessary community for all Catholics. The strength of each of these communities is ultimately dependent on their devotion and dependence on Christ. If Christ is the center and the desire for each person of the community, then common ground can be had with any member of these various communities coming together. As the seminarian enters seminary, then enters the presbyterate at his ordination, then gets placed at his parish, and as he shepherds each family, it is knowing and loving Christ that creates the perfect bridge between all the various communities he will encounter.

14 Jun

A Note From The Music Director

  • 15 August 2020 |
  • Published in Events

Hello, SJ Parishioners! 

I cannot believe that it has been about three months since we worshiped together in the same place at the same time.  That said, I am very much looking forward to praying with you very soon with the re-opening of St. Juliana!

In order to help keep everyone healthy during these times, some practices regarding music will be changing.  These changes are temporary and may be updated or modified unexpectedly depending on Archdiocesan, government, and medical guidelines. 

First, you will see that there are no hymnals in the bookshelves nor the pews.  For the time being, IF USED, any worship aid or bulletin must be single-use, and should be taken with you as you leave the church.   

14 Jun

Thanks Be To God

Letters from a Pastor to His People- June 14, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Boy oh boy. I think we all can really appreciate this year's Feast of Corpus Christi more than ever.

We celebrate in a particular way today the importance of the Eucharist, the Mass, our Lord's Body and Blood. For several months, as you don't need me to remind you, you all were unable to receive Communion! And, as of writing this letter and submitting it in advance for the bulletin publishing deadline, I'm not even sure if you'll be able to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus today. It'd be like not being able to have a tree, give gifts, and recognize the baby Jesus on Christmas...times ten.

14 Jun

The Holy Virgin Kisses the Face of Jesus

The most famous of James J. Tissot's religious paintings, which reside in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, is What Our Lord Saw from the Cross. But my favorite of Tissot's is The Holy Virgin Kisses the Face of Jesus Before He is Enshrouded on the Anointing Stone. A cumbersome title, I know, but a painting worth meditating upon.

14 Jun

A Letter to St. Juliana Parish

  • 15 August 2020 |
  • Published in Events

My dear friends of St. Juliana,

I want to first of all say, thank you, from the bottom of my heart for the years we have come to know each other. I could not have asked for a better community to learn from and share in the joy that is the vocation to serve you in Our Lord’s Name as His priest-to-be.

14 Jun

Gospel June 14, 2020

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which, in years past, was known by its Latin name Corpus Christi. The First Reading from the Book of Deuteronomy is intended as a reminder to the people of Israel of how God fed them in the desert with manna, miraculous food which Catholics would later see as a prefiguration of the Eucharist. In this sermon, Moses seeks to remind his people that they are not to live on bread alone but on every Word that comes forth from the mouth of God. Therefore, Catholics now must continually depend on the Eucharist and the Word of God.

14 Jun

A New Sunday Mass

Getting back into the swing of things. As summer is kicking off here, I have finally found my way back on a golf course. I was absolutely uncertain if my swing would come back right away. All of last season I spent extra time at the driving range trying to drill good habits into the muscles. Thankfully, when I stepped into the tee box, I was able to turn my brain off and swing. It is funny how the conscious mind can act as the backseat driver to the subconscious mind, which does things best by habit and repetition. Don’t think, just swing.

07 Jun

The Book of Exodus

Letters from a Pastor to His People- June 7, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

It's really important that we read and reread this short first reading from the Book of Exodus.  Let it form our mind.  Let it help our understanding of God.  We need this proper knowledge of the Lord if we are going to navigate the complexities of our moral and spiritual life.

Moses returns up to Mount Sinai and Yahweh reveals another title by which he can be called: Lord.  I don't know about you, but I like using this title, Lord, for God.  Yes, I certainly use other titles when I pray and when I'm in relationship with God: Jesus, Father, friend, brother, Spirit.  'Lord' doesn't give me a sense of fear or servility in a bad way.  I like 'Lord' because it emphasizes for me that God is the one in control, not me.  He is guiding my life, he has a plan for me—a plan that is better than anything I could concoct—and that it is to my advantage to simply surrender to him.  Remember that "Surrender Novena" we prayed a few months ago?  The title 'Lord' is all wrapped up in that.